Special to SEGAZINE
icture this: It’s April 2016. Your income tax return is due. While you still have to pay the federal income tax, there is no longer a state income tax.
Sounds good, right?
Would you trade not having to pay Georgia’s income tax, which has a top rate of 6 percent, for a sales tax as high as 14.5 percent — more than double the current 7 percent sales tax rate in Bulloch County?
It could happen.
But, despite the idea’s growing popularity, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank based in Atlanta, urged caution in a report it issued last week. Such an exchange of taxes could actually hurt Georgia’s economy and lead to a higher tax burden on many businesses and lower- and middle-income individuals and families, the report says.